Best Week/Worst Week: Unnamed Sources Within NFL Front Offices and The Stupid Browns

The title of Best Week goes to unnamed NFL front office personnel, who are allowed to say whatever the hell they want without any actual consequences. Because SI was nice enough to let them say dumb **** without their names attached. So as long as you guys have total autonomy, why not go nuts? Let’s hear what else you have to say.-Pete Rozelle killed JFK.-Aqib Talib did 9/11.-RGIII...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Simple Story Of How The Seahawks Came Into Existence Practically Overnight

In the wake of Seattle’s first major sports championship in 35 years, it’s worth revisiting how the Seattle Seahawks came into existence in the first place — and it’s a story that, on the surface, seems quite simple. Back in 1974, when Seattle was a Supersonics-only town, the city had already broken ground on a stadium (the Kingdome) that could potentially house an NFL team...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Upon further review: NFL third-place games used to be a thing

"Upon further review" is a new recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL's history books.  This weekend in Denver and Seattle, two teams will be eliminated from the NFL playoffs. On Monday, those teams will clean out their lockers and go their separate ways before preparation starts for the 2014 NFL season...
Via This Given Sunday
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens must beat Bengals and hope for help to overcome Pete Rozelle's dream of parity...

It's playing out just as the late Pete Rozelle envisioned it...  PARITY... it would be a rare team that could re-PETE after winning a Super Bowl... And so the defending world champion Ravens find themselves at 8-7 having to knock off the 10-5 Cincinnati Bengals just to have a mathematical chance to qualify for the 2013 playoffs as a botttom seed.... and even then, they...
Via Ravens Football Machine
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dawson to get Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award

Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson is being honored again in Canton as this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. The former Kansas City quarterback has served as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network since 1982. He was an analyst for NBC from 1976-82. Dawson also hosted HBO's ''Inside the NFL'' from 1977-2001. He was...
Via AP on Fox
June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Stewart wins suit, earns NFL pension

Andrew Stewart earned a rare victory against the NFL pension plan this week as a federal judge ruled officials "abused their discretion" in denying the Cleveland Browns defensive lineman disability benefits. US District Court Judge William Quarles Jr. ordered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan -- a benefit run jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association...
Via Fox Sports
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Texans' PR staff wins Pete Rozelle Award

The Houston Texans have won the Pete Rozelle Award for the best media relations department in the NFL. Houston won the award from the Professional Football Writers of America for the third time in six years and fourth since 2004. The staff is led by Kevin Cooper, and includes Evan Koch, Zac Emmons, Charles Hampton and Brett Maikowski. Cooper has been on the staff for all four Rozelle...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The NFL Draft in 1981

The NFL Draft was not always a three-day television overrated event, it was much simpler in 1981.  The NFL Commissioner was Pete Rozelle and the draft was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Check out the 1981 draft broadcast:   Top 5 draft picks of 1981: 1. New Orleans Saints - RB George Rogers 2. New York Giants - LB Lawrence Taylor 3. New York Jets - RB Freeman...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

AP Enterprise: NFL nixed Nixon bid on TV blackouts

The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to preserve an even more restrictive policy when it rebuffed an effort by President Richard Nixon to lift the hometown blackout just for playoff games. On a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, Nixon told his attorney general...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow's Eight-Win Broncos Are in Playoffs, Fulfilling Pete Rozelle's Wild-Card Dreams

When the NFL expanded the playoffs in 1978, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle hoped it would increase the popularity of the league. What could be more popular than Tim Tebow taking snaps on the opening weekend? The NFL playoffs, which have since be expanded to 12 teams, have become must-watch entertainment for sports fans, but they have also been watered down.
January 08, 2012  |  Discuss

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